On May 14, a relatively small handful of Margate voters will go to the polls. This group of residents will decide who gets to whack up taxpayer cash for the next 4 years. That’s mucho dinero.
Winners of the MAY 14 election will determine the future of Margate. All while spending your money.
Thought the past 4 years were frustrating? It could get worse. Unless the challenger, candidate Calvin Tesler, does the unexpected.
Voter Feedback: All candidates & key officials should publicly disclose any holdings connected to Margate.
It’s not many that vote in Margate. Full-time residency is on a slow and steady decline. The upside? A dream for political incumbents. Less people to pander to.
Along the Jersey shore, each election cycle features a smaller voter base. That’s due to a declining, full-time population. People cashing out for those who want to build vacation homes with higher tax assessments. Couple that with growing tax ratables, and you know many special beaks are gonna get wet.
Let that sink in. Those in charge, only need to win the support of a shrinking number of voters. In essence, they can ignore 75% of the Margate taxpayers. That would be the 2nd homeowners, the financial fuel that runs Margate.
Hand over hard-earned money to a stock broker and NOT demand accountability? No power to fire that stock broker for poor performance? That’s what it’s like for non-voting 2nd homeowners.
No say in how tax money is spent. Especially bad for those being told to shut up and sit down….or move away.
Margate Bullet Voting Could Help Calvin Tesler.
When voters check the box for only one person in a 4 person race, and leave the rest of the ballot blank….. that’s called “bullet voting”.
Could candidate Calvin Tesler pull an upset in Margate?
Bullet Voting: Allows the voter to focus on the one candidate they really want to win. Proponents of bullet voting say you should only vote for your first choice…. essentially throwing your second & third vote away.
If enough Margate neighbors do the same thing…and ‘bullet vote’…. watch out. By exercising your right to NOT cast 3 potential votes, and instead, just vote for one person, you would mathematically increase the chances for someone like Calvin Tesler to win one of those 3 Margate commission seats.
Some say Tesler & family comes closest to representing what Margate wants more of; young families. The recently married couple with a new toddler. They have much riding on the future of Margate. More than Becker, Amodeo & Blumberg?
If Calvin Tesler garners more votes than at least ONE of the other 3 candidates, that would be a commission seat win for Tesler.
The 3 incumbents are licking their chops as another 4 years of unobstructed power looms. Ready to continue their work: fundamentally changing Margate from a residential community, to a more transient tourist destination featuring water parks, aggressive development and McMansions anywhere they can squeeze one in. Mo mansions, mo money.
Who’s the weakest and most vulnerable? That’s a tough call. All 3 Margate Commissioners have heavy baggage from the past 4 years.
- Dune & beach sewer-pipe nightmare
- Water parks, porta-potties
- Questionable land deals on Amherst Ave.
- Two half-empty schools at $32,000+ cost per pupil for less than 350 students.
- Average of $30 mil in new ratables annually. Why no tax relief? Where’s that new money going?
- Reduced transparency. Nepotism.
- No public financials for $95k subsidy to Margate Business Association
- Hotel over-lay zone. Jamming thru a high-rise at the Greenhouse.
- Waiving of minimum business parking requirements.
- Who really owns Lucy the Elephant? The lease ends DEC 2019.
- Ongoing prescription drug scandal issues
- Not-so-mini golf course in the Margate business district.
- Margate risking it’s premium appeal as ‘residential’.
Blumberg disappointed supporters when he recently got in bed with Becker & Amodeo. Maury gave up his once popular, independent voice. Maury Blumberg is now one of The Three Amigos.
NOTE: The three Margate incumbents declined an invitation to ‘Meet The Candidates’ forum sponsored by The Margate Business Association and The Margate Homeowners Association.
Margate Reader Feedback >
Between the proposed Amherst water park with porta-potties and the raised office or whatever that is sticking out like a sore thumb on the newly built marina (Barbary Coast) on Amherst, I have no idea what the leaders of Margate are thinking or doing. Are they even walking down to Amherst to see what’s going on?
When a much smaller water park was opened in Sea Isle City, local residents have been furious about added noise and traffic. The beautiful landscape and class of the Margate marina district is quickly being destroyed.
Forget about trying to park your car and finding peace and quiet watching a beautiful sunset. It’s all about to end. Real Estate values are sure to take a hit. Nice job commissioners.